St. Jørgen’s Hospital
Established in the early 1400’s, St. Jørgen’s Hospital is one of Scandinavia’s oldest hospitals. In the 1870’s, more than 170 people with leprosy were being treated there. The last person with leprosy was admitted 1896 and over the next 50 years, the resident population slowly died out.
Today, St. Jørgen’s Hospital houses The Leprosy Museum, which stands as a testimony to the 8,000 persons known to have had leprosy in Norway. The Museum also pays tribute to Dr. Gerhard Armauer Hansen who, through his discovery of the leprosy bacillus in 1873, lay the foundation for the discovery of a cure for the disease. The Leprosy Archives in Bergen, housed in the Museum, are a unique source of Norwegian leprosy history, and document the disease’s social, institutional and medical history. The archives are now part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program. [Information adapted from: The Leprosy Museum, St. Jørgen’s Hospital, Published by The Leprosy Museum in 2003, see http://www.bymuseet.no/?vis=80.]
photo: courtesy The Leprosy Museum